After Fletcher High outbreak, district now tracking virus at Douglas Anderson

Parent says new cases at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts may be linked to dance event

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – Duval County students had the day off Friday for teacher training, but contact tracing continued after an outbreak at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach.

The campus was shut down Thursday and will stay closed through at least Monday.

Students at Fletcher High School were told Wednesday that the campus would be shutting down due to a surge of at least 27 new positive cases of COVID-19 identified among students and staff.

Heather Seconder’s family was part of that surge. Seconder, her roommate, and one of her two children that attends Fletcher High School tested positive last Friday.

“I got probably eight phone calls between the school, Department of Health, another department of health, my doctors at Mayo, like, everybody just asking questions,” Seconder said. “They basically just wanted to know when we started having symptoms when we tested positive, who we were in contact with.”

Seconder said when she heard a couple of days later that the whole campus was closing down she wasn’t surprised.

"It definitely it’s a preemptive measure. And I mean, I’m, I’m completely fine with that,” she said.

The Department of Health is now tracking the virus at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where Amy Hynes-Johnson’s 10th-grade son attends.

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